Coronavirus crisis: Exeter play parks and public toilets closed – along with two car parks

Play parks and public toilets have been shut in Exeter due to the coronavirus outbreak – with a pair of city car parks also closed.

The moves were made yesterday (Tuesday, March 25) in line with government guidance to stop the spread of the virus.

Mary Arches and John Lewis car parks were made off-limits last night.

Residents’ parking permits will now be accepted in all Exeter City Council surface car parks while the crisis lasts.

A spokesperson for the authority also said that Devon County Council (DCC) on-street permits can be used in its car parks – within the general residents’ zone for which they’ve been issued.

The city council’s customer service centre in Paris Street has also closed its doors to the public – with residents  encouraged to make contact online or by phone. Emergency housing advice is still available.

Exeter Farmers’ Market, on the corner of South Street and High Street, will remain open on Thursdays in line with government advice for essential food shops to keep running.

The location of stalls will be altered slightly to take into account social distancing measures.

All allotments in Exeter are open following the latest advice from Whitehall.

An Exeter City Council spokesperson said: “Travel to and from the allotments is permitted if due precautions are taken. Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the Government.

“However, any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with coronavirus should not be visiting the site.

“If there is a community or trading hut on the site then this should not be re-opened until this level of isolation has been lifted.

“The toilets on-site are also now off-limits for use by anyone. Do not use them under any circumstances.”

Allotment holders have been advised they should keep their distance, not to share tools or equipment, to be careful after touching gates, locks or other communal assets, and not to use the water troughs.

They have also been told to wash their hands and to sterilise equipment.

Last week, the council closed the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter Underground Passages, Red Coat guided tours Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets, and Matford Sunday Market and Car Boot Sale.

Household rubbish collections continue to take place as normal – though recycling centres operated by DCC in Pinhoe and Exton Road have closed.

East Devon and Exeter recycling centres are shut amid coronavirus lockdown

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